New Ways to Use Blender
Your blender is not just for making smoothies. You did not spend all that time and money picking out a perfect blender to use it sparsely. The blender is a multi-tasker and can handle much more than making a healthy strawberry smoothie. Here are some ways to get the most out of your blender.
- Scrambled eggs or omelet
Want fluffy omelets or scrambled eggs? Rather than whisk the eggs, add the ingredients inside the blender and blend for a minute or till it becomes foamy before for cooking.
- Batter for baked goods
In the absence of mixers, blenders mix batter seamlessly. If you are baking muffins, quick bread or brownies you can mix them using a blender. Combine the ingredients and set your blender to pulse or low speed.
- Ground meat
No meat grinder? No problem. Cube your meat and dump in the blender with your herbs and spices. Set it to medium so it doesn’t grind the meat too fine. This is a great way of making a burger patty, minced meat or meat sauce.
For the creamiest soup you’ve ever had, use a blender to prepare it especially if there are starchy ingredients like potatoes. The sharp blades will give you a silky smooth texture. If you prefer a chunky soup, pulse the ingredients.
Do you whisk your pancake batter by yourself? Let your blender do all the hard work. It is perfect for mixing your pancake batter. Regardless of your recipe, your blender will give you a lump-free pancake with minimal effort.
Homemade Sauces and Spreads
- Peanut butter
Do you know you can use your blender to make peanut butter or any nut/seed butter from scratch? This means you get to prepare your butter any way you want; smooth, chunky or with extra additives. You can also use your blender to re-mix natural butter when the oil separates and rises to the top. Your blender can serve as a mixer, using the oil as the liquid to mix your butter easily.
Hummus is thick quite alright, but not too thick to disarm your blender. Use your blender to make snicker doddle hummus, chocolate hummus or cookie dough hummus.
- Hot sauce
Use your blender to make hot sauce. You can use different varieties of pepper or stick to one kind. Cook the pepper in vinegar and blend. In less than a minute, you’ll have your hot sauce.
Looking to use up excess spinach, carrot or other vegetables? Use your blender to make pesto sauce. Serve as a sandwich dressing or with pasta.
Homemade salsa beats anything you can find in stores. All you need is a winning recipe and a dutiful blender and you can make a healthier and tastier version.
- Homemade mayonnaise
Make homemade mayo using a blender. This gives you full control of the ingredients and also allows you to make changes in the recipe for health or taste purposes.
- Whipped cream
What better way to top your sundae than with whipped cream? Blend your heavy cream on medium speed for 20 seconds together with other ingredients. Once it thickens, the whipped cream is ready.
On hot days, make sorbet for you and your family using your blender. Sorbet is just blended frozen fruit. Take some frozen fruit and sweeteners, dump them inside the blender and freeze it after. Once it is frozen, serve with an ice cream scoop.
Do you hand-whip your mousse? Why stress your arms when you have a blender? The blender gets it done in seconds and whips the mousse in such a way that it is the right amount of fluffy.
- Caster sugar
Caster sugar is often sprinkled on desserts. You can make caster sugar using cubes of sugar and a blender. It is that easy.
Margaritas, frozen daiquiri and pina colada are some of the cocktails you can prepare using your blender. It’s fun and easy. You can even use the blender jar as a pitcher for serving cocktails.
- Nut milk
Non-dairy milk is all the rave now and with the increase in demand comes the price hike. You can save some money by making them yourself. All nut-based milk such as peanut milk, cashew milk, pecan milk, coconut milk, walnut milk and almond milk can be made using a blender in the comfort of your kitchen.
Flour and Powder
- Tomato powder
Did you harvest too many tomatoes and don’t know what to do with them? Make tomato powder. Dehydrate and dry them first then blend them.
- Dill powder
Just like tomato powder, fine dill powder can be made using a blender. All you need to do is to dehydrate or dry the dill first, then blend.
- Ground coffee
Your blender can grind your coffee beans to your preferred consistency. Blend the beans for a minute on medium-high speed if you want a coarse texture. Blend for longer for a smoother texture and store in an airtight container.
- Oat and nut flour
Oats, seeds, cereals, dried nuts can all be made into flour and your blender can work the magic.
Non-edible Household Items
If you are a DIY-er who loves making things yourself, then you must have thought about or made laundry detergent. To distribute the oils and get the soap super-fine, blend the detergent.
Use household wastes like wilted vegetables, food scraps and eggshells to make compost for your garden. Run them in your blender to get a coarse powder or add some water if you want it in a paste form. Be sure there are no hard substances in the blender so they don’t damage its blade.
The blender is one of the most valuable kitchen appliances. If your blender is gathering dust, it is not for lack of functions. There are a lot of creative uses you’re missing out on. Dust it off and try your hand at any of these.